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March 2, 1984

The Pritikin Diet-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada

JAMA. 1984;251(9):1161. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340330022008

In Reply.—  Our target value of 5% to 10% fat intake for the experimental group is essentially the same as that of Pritikin (<10%). The estimate of actual intake using computer analysis of 48-hour patient recall indicated that this target value was not achieved. The estimated intake of fat was 13%, 13%, 14%, and 16% at 2, 4, 6, and 12 months, respectively.1 A comparison of such estimated intakes to the target intakes as made in the preceding letter is not correct, as these generally differ. We again emphasize that our target intake for fat was the same as that advocated by Pritikin.Mr Pritikin also states that our cholesterol intakes were three times the target level of his maintenance diet. We do not understand the source of this figure. In our original article in JAMA,2 only a brief description of the two diets was included. In this